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To the Manor Born

  • Season 1
  • 7 episodes
  • Sitcom

Summary

Debt-ridden Lady of the Manor Audrey fforbes-Hamilton loses her house to a millionaire.

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Episode 1: Grantleigh

Summary

First episode of the comedy. The death of her husband leaves upper-class snob Audrey fforbes-Hamilton a widow in drastically reduced circumstances, with her beloved ancestral pile up for auction. Starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles.

Review

We’re being given the chance to revisit the key points of battle between Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) and Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles), thanks to a repeat run of the fondly remembered class comedy, first shown back in 1979. It was a massive hit for BBC1, with ratings, at one point, reaching the vertiginous heights of 24 million.

And this is where it all began, with the nouveau riche DeVere succeeding the widowed and debt-ridden Audrey as the owner of her ancestral home, Grantleigh Manor. He’s all checked blazers, flares and international profits, she’s ramrod-straight county and full of stuffy complaints about the Common Market. But opposites would, eventually, attract.

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Cast

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Audrey fforbes-HamiltonPenelope Keith
Richard DeVerePeter Bowles
Marjory FrobisherAngela Thorne
BrabingerJohn Rudling
The RectorGerald Sim
AndersonJonathan Elsom

Crew

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DirectorGareth Gwenlan
WriterPeter Spence

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  • Episode 1

    Grantleigh

    Summary

    First episode of the comedy. The death of her husband leaves upper-class snob Audrey fforbes-Hamilton a widow in drastically reduced circumstances, with her beloved ancestral pile up for auction. Starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles.

    Review

    We’re being given the chance to revisit the key points of battle between Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) and Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles), thanks to a repeat run of the fondly remembered class comedy, first shown back in 1979. It was a massive hit for BBC1, with ratings, at one point, reaching the vertiginous heights of 24 million.

    And this is where it all began, with the nouveau riche DeVere succeeding the widowed and debt-ridden Audrey as the owner of her ancestral home, Grantleigh Manor. He’s all checked blazers, flares and international profits, she’s ramrod-straight county and full of stuffy complaints about the Common Market. But opposites would, eventually, attract.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Audrey fforbes-HamiltonPenelope Keith
    Richard DeVerePeter Bowles
    Marjory FrobisherAngela Thorne
    BrabingerJohn Rudling
    The RectorGerald Sim
    AndersonJonathan Elsom

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorGareth Gwenlan
    WriterPeter Spence
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